Do you swap out your home’s decorative accessories seasonally?

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by Rose McClement

Marica recently posed an interesting question to our social media audience. Before publishing the post, we had a brief chat about it. Like we generally tend to do.

The question was “Do you swap out your home’s decorative accessories or scatters seasonally?” I didn’t really give it much thought at the time, because I knew my own answer as being “NO, I don’t“.

I knew that I wasn’t even in the slightest bit inclined towards such a move. I have a friend who does that, but then she is a seamstress and likes to sew new covers for her cushions and other little things.

Me, on the other, I’m no seamstress and have always had a bad relationship with a sewing machine.

A punchy and lush collection of decorative accessories and scatters. | source: Decoholic

It was only when the answers from my friends started rolling in, that I stopped to notice my own resistance to something like this. Yes – what I had put down as my own lack of interest, was actually resistance. I saw others offering one or two of my own type of “Nah, why should I?” kinda comments. Others said, “I don’t have the storage space“- a fair response. Yet, when I stop and scratch a little bit further, that answer falls by the wayside. Scatter cushion covers can be stored in your linen cupboard, along with your other linen goodies – one would not need a lot of space.

A few of my friends had taken the time to comment, and I’d say the majority voiced the same reply: “I keep it the same all the time“. In other words, day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out, year in and year out – I keep the same décor accessories in place. Kinda like X marks the spot for X. 

Whoa, hold up here!! I am not judging them and their way of being in their home. Not at all – I am doing the same thing remember. The only difference is that I like moving my (same) decorative accessories around the space. I tend to move the cushions from one sofa to the other and shuffle the decorative items around a bit. But – that is about it! No seasonal cover changes for me.

A beautiful and calming selection of scatter cushions and decorative items – perfect for the colder months. | source: Halfway Wholeistic

Okay, you might be asking yourself: “So what is this decorator banging on about?!” Why is this even worth writing about? Is there really any value or benefit in switching up your décor accessories occasionally? The truth is, that despite the fact that I don’t indulge in this practice, it doesn’t minimize the value and appreciation of it. There is real value to be had. Not only from a practical point of view but also aesthetically, emotionally, and mentally! Really?! From scatter cushions?

Do I really have to be satisfied with the same ole same ole all year round I asked myself? Then the ‘dig deeper’ type questions started to rise to the surface. Once I began to see and own my reluctance, I had a shift in thinking. 

With a neutral backdrop, it would be easy-peasy to swap out the scatters and bed throw in your bedroom should you desire a change of scenery. | source: oh.eight.oh.nine

So, let’s do a bit of self-exploration together. Just easy-does-it self-exploration, done with a hint of playful curiosity. Ask yourself the following without being self “judgie” or self-justifying: 

What is really holding me back?  Is it something I want to do or even need to do?

Do I like what I have here? Does it make me feel good in this space? Or would something new and fresh make me feel even better?

Am I putting up with what I have got going here?

What have I got to loose by not switching up accessories?

With a layered approach like in this image, it would be quite simple and effective to change the tone of your bedroom. Exchange the beautiful rust-coloured cushions for teal or swap the striped cushions for floral – et voila. | source: Jojo Barr | House Nine Design

Now, which one or more responses in the list below do you connect with? Remember – not self judgy-ness!

I like what I have got going right now. It took me a while to get the right accessories and I don’t feel the need for change.

Trends come and go so quickly. No need to follow those.

My spending plan can’t cope with this extra unnecessary expense.

I have no storage facility.

I don’t know what to do, what to switch up, or even where to begin!

It’s going to take time and energy to decide on the items and change – and I don’t have that to give.

It is what it is!

My husband / family like what there is now. 

Why bother – the family just mess it up anyway.

I prefer the comfort of familiar items.

It just takes one or two key changes to completely transform the feel of your interior. Warm or cool, playful or opulent, sleek minimalistic or vintage – it just takes one quick swap. | source: La Grange Interiors

I have to wonder what are the chances that in truth we need to own the fact that the only thing that we are resisting might well be CHANGE!

Ah – there it is!! There is the real culprit that is lurking in the shadows, not wanting to be seen or heard. That word that shall not be spoken! CHANGE!!  

You might say: “Oh, for Pete’s sake, don’t be silly! How on earth can one view being uninclined towards switching up décor accessories as an indication of resisting CHANGE?!” Well, the possibility could exist! I certainly wouldn’t discount it. In our line of work, we often encounter resistance along these lines – in all shapes and forms.

We are only all too aware of the fact that life is very full and busy for most folk. The last thing anyone needs is to direct their attention to small changes. Even easy peasy changes are unwelcome.

What is important for me is this: small changes are needed to power us towards the bigger changes. It gets us outta our comfort zone and willing to entertain change on a regular basis.

Sadly, in my own life, I observed that because I resist change, I begin to “put up” with dissatisfying situations. It all stays the same. REALLY! Is that what I want?  I don’t think so. It seems that the question really is much bigger than merely switching up decorative items.

Enough said for now. Lots to think about and explore. More along these lines in the next post.

Ciao,

Decorating Quick Tip | Decorative Bottle Stoppers

Quick Tip #59: Decorative Bottle Stoppers

Last month Rose spotted a quirky little article on VISI website illustrating how one can repurpose interesting bottle shapes and reinvent the corks. VISI used copper pipe couplings and end-caps to create trendy bottle stoppers. We loved the idea of embellishing wine corks and bottle stoppers so much that we just had to turn it into a decorative quick tip!

#59  A thoughtfully curated and polished bar cart or drinks cabinet can add a considerable amount of character and style to your space. A quick and easy way to dress up your bar cart is to jazz up the wine and spirit bottle corks. While decorative bottle stoppers can be purchased, making your own will add a unique and personalised element. Attached geodes, crystals or glass cabinet knobs to the tops of the corks for a sense of glamour. Copper or steel pipe couplings can make for trendy and contemporary bottle stoppers.

Decorative Bottle Stoppers DIY Tutorials:

If you want to make your own decorative bottle stoppers this weekend, check out this helpful post by Crafts by Courtney which features step-by-step instructions and pictures to make your job a tad easier: HERE

In the mood for a bit of a challenge? Try this stunning and trendy-looking wooden bottle stopper DIY idea by A Beautiful Mess: HERE.

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Decorating Quick Tip | Decorative Bottle Stoppers
Cupcakes & Cashmere shared this awesome DIY bottle stopper tutorial using glitzy geodes: HERE. How chic would that look on a bar cart?!
Decorating Quick Tip | Decorative Bottle Stoppers
Bridal Guide shared this do-it-yourself apothecary jar project using crystal drawer knobs: HERE. The little bottles can serve as a thoughtful guest favour or bridesmaid gift.
Decorating Quick Tip | Decorative Bottle Stoppers
Karianne of Thistlewood Farms repurposed these vintage metal doorknobs into striking bottle stoppers – all in under 30 minutes! Find the step-by-step instructions: HERE.
Decorating Quick Tip | Teacup Turned Light

Quick Tip #58: Teacup Turned Light

Last year we concluded 2019’s Decor Quick Tips mini-series on a high note. We shared several clever tips which illustrated how unwanted picture frames could be upcycled into anything from a quirky terrarium to a lovely jewellery organizer. For those who can recall, the last tip in this series was the fun idea of transforming old picture frames into lovely chalkboards. We love sharing these fun and creative DIY ideas – they are so charmingly off-beat.

And, with that, we think it is high time for another decorating quick tip miniseries! We have sniffed around online and found a stack of crafty ideas about awesome things to do with old teacups. There is enough inspiration to keep us submerged in interesting tips for a good few months! So, without further delay, here is the latest DIY quirky tip in our new “cool stuff to do with old teacups” Decor Quick Tip miniseries…

Using your collections and curated items in a way other than straight-forward display is a great way to add unexpected interest to your space. Are you a lover or collector of beautiful vintage teacups and old china? Well, here is a bright idea on how to take your teacups off the shelf and turn them into a practical conversation-starting show-piece.

#58  Have any old or odd teacups gathering dust on the shelf? Why not transform those old teacups and saucers into whimsical pendant lights and table lamps. With the right tools this upcycling project is easier than you think! Select the teacup(s) you would like to use or, if you do not have any at hand, search second-hand shops to find a variety of vintage teacups and saucers. Choose a sleek and modern cup for a more contemporary look or opt for frilly floral teacups for the Alice-in-Wonderland Shabby Chic effect. The light can be fashioned with or without the saucer. Use a funky brightly-coloured flex and LED bulb for the contemporary pendant or brass fittings and Edison bulbs for the vintage option. Multiple teacup pendants can be grouped together to create an eye-catching feature. You can even turn it into a quirky desk lamp!

Teacup Light DIY Tutorials:

If you want to attempt making your own teacup pendant light this weekend, check out this helpful post by Flamingo Toes which features step-by-step instructions and pictures to make your job a tad easier: HERE

For anyone keen to try their hand at making their own teacup desk lamp, ThreadBanger shared this awesome DIY tutorial video as part of their Man vs Pin series that will help you through the process: HERE.

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Decorating Quick Tip | Picture Frame Turned Chalkboard

Quick Tip #57: Old Picture Frame Turned Chalkboard

Let’s get on with the next instalment of our “cool stuff to do with old picture frames” Decor Quick Tip miniseries. As previously mentioned, we dug up a ton of clever and curious picture frame DIY ideas. These inspirational tips are super quirky and playful – perfect weekend projects! In case you missed the first two posts in this miniseries, be sure to check out the previous picture frame tips, “Old Picture Frame Turned Jewellery Organizer” and “Old Picture Frames Turned Terrarium“. Today’s tip actually reminds me of a previous Quick Tip we shared some years ago where a chalkboard was created from an old door.

#57  Have some old or unwanted picture frames gathering dust somewhere? Think twice before you throw it out! Rather repurpose that vintage frame into a fun and functional chalkboard for your home. It takes minimal effort and supplies and would be a quick and easy weekend DIY project. All you need are a couple of unused picture frames, a backing-board, and your choice of chalkboard paint. Your frame can be an ornate vintage thrift store find or something cheap and contemporary from the local bargain shop – paint it, distress it, or leave it natural – whatever suits your decorative style best. Now all you have to do is replace the glass pane from the picture frame with a similar-sized board painted with chalkboard paint. Et voila – a lovely upcycled chalkboard for your daily to-do list, recipes, grocery store needs, or just for some pretty decorative scribbles.

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10 Drool-Worthy Luxury Walk-in Closets

10 Drool-Worthy Luxury Walk-in Closets

feature image: Who What Wear

by Marica Fick

I have to admit, for someone in the creative industry, I’m a bit of a fashion dud. Don’t get me wrong, I DO desire lovely, well-thought-through outfits and voguish attire – it is just not high on my priority list. Furthermore, I don’t think I was blessed with the expert “fashion eye”. For me comfort trumps style most days and, to be honest, I am fine with being a Plain Jane.

Having said that, there is something very desirable about a beautifully designed and organized closet. Gorgeous clothes, shoes, handbags and fashion accessories lined up and displayed like the posh shelves of a chic boutique. You don’t have to be a fashion guru, retail addict or materialistic diva to want and appreciate a stylish walk-in closet or dressing room.

10 Drool-Worthy Luxury Walk-in Closets
Everything has its place in the gorgeous colour-coded walk-in closet of fashion blogger and “blazer addict”, Verena. | Source: Verena (@my_philocaly) via Instagram

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Decorating Quick Tip | Picture Frames Turned Terrarium

Quick Tip #56: Old Picture Frames Turned Terrarium

Today we continue our “cool stuff to do with old picture frames” Decor Quick Tip miniseries. As I mentioned in our last Quick Tip post, we found a stack of clever and unusual picture frame DIY ideas. These tips are so quirky and playful – perfect weekend projects! In case you missed the first part in this miniseries, be sure to check out the previous picture frame tip, “Old Picture Frame Turned Jewellery Organizer”.

#56  Looking for a quick and budget-friendly weekend craft project? Why not recycle some spare picture frames into a lovely new home for your indoor plants. To make this faux terrarium you will need a selection of picture frames – it can even be cheapies from the local “China” shop. Spray-paint the frames in your desired colour and let dry. Use a glue gun or a drill and screws to fix your painted frames together to form the “walls” and pitched roof of your mini greenhouse. Pop the finished terrarium over your choice of potted plants and position close to a sunlit window. Your new picture frame terrarium will also double as a stunning decorative feature.

Follow the DIY instruction linked in the individual image captions or watch the video below…

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